4-H Citizenship Project
What you'll do
Everyday situations give us the chance to be active citizens. Learn how to solve problems in your community and how to take action in a positive way. This project gives you a chance to be the change you wish to see in the world. Citizenship means contributing to the world around you and giving service to others.
Doing a citizenship project is one way to become involved in 4-H civic engagement and leadership. Learn more about being a leader in 4-H.
Levels of learning
- Find out the names of your local or state representatives. What committees do they serve on? How have they voted on issues that you care about? Write a letter, make a phone call or pay a visit to your representative about this issue.
- Join an activist group devoted to an issue that you care about.
- Organize a voter registration drive at a community college, community center or high school. Or invite the League of Women Voters or similar organization to do it with you.
- Map out the resources available to youth and families in your area. Are there gaps between needs and resources?
- Interview someone from your local chamber of commerce about business goals in your community.
Fairs and exhibits
- Make a video or report about how to be a good 4-H member, how to run a 4-H meeting, or how to elect 4-H officers.
- Report on three community projects that you led for your 4-H club. Include the plan of action you made and your evaluation results.
- Investigate your family history. How long has your family been living in the area where you live now? Why did they resettle there? Who else was living there when they arrived? Incorporate family stories and research from local records, maps.
- Make a poster, video or other display on, "What is a democracy? What are political parties for?"
- Explore and list careers in government.
Future study and careers
As an adult, you will be eligible to vote. Community organizers help groups of people to work on issues that are important to them. Politicians run for government office, sometimes after working in business, law or another field.
Reviewed in 2018